“If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, 4 then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
We can expect that good things will come when we are obedient and follow His commandments. In the event that we face difficulties even while walking in obedience, we can trust that it will ultimately work for good; “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,
Conversely, we can expect to have nothing but problems if we walk in disobedience.
You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.
I am certain that they felt this was an impossibility, yet we read in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, that this did in fact come to pass as the Babylonians came, conquered and destroyed Jerusalem. They starved the Jews out, sieging the city for a couple of years, cutting them off from all food sources. The people got so hungry that they resorted to eating their own children. We must daily cling to the Lord if we expect to walk in victory over the encroaching enemy. Satan is constantly looking for a way to destroy us.
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When a man consecrates by a vow certain persons to the Lord, according to your valuation, 3 if your valuation is of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. 4 If it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels;
The whole idea of these valuations is the idea that God doesn’t take vows lightly. If you feel like you want to take back something you promised to God be aware of how He values what you have promised. The important thing to keep in mind as we read through these unusual approaches to worshipping God, is that through our faith in Jesus, we are no longer bound by such laws. It makes us all the more appreciative for Jesus’s death on the cross which saves us by His grace rather than by keeping a bunch of laws.
And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
It was clearly understood that only God could forgive sins. When Jesus forgave the man’s sins, He was declaring Himself to be God.
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “ Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Whenever I read this, I think about how the church should be a hospital where people who are sick can come and be healed. Jesus is the divine physician. He is not only capable of healing us physically, but healing our souls as well…an even greater healing. It is a healing that is eternal!